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Old 05-27-13, 04:46 PM
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Memorial DaY

This is a little late, but today is the day to remember those veterans that have passed. Take the time to remember a veteran. You may be the only one to acknowledge their existence.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Major John McCrae 1915
 
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Old 05-27-13, 05:23 PM
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From one of our local gals a long time ago.

WE SHALL KEEP THE FAITH

We Shall Keep the Faith Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a luster to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

Written by Moina Michael, November 1918
 
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Old 05-28-13, 07:23 AM
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Larry, Thanks for posting that poem. I had never seen it before.
 
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Old 05-28-13, 01:58 PM
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Moina Michaels, while she was an instructor at the University of Georgia started the poppy campaign just after WWI to all the returning troops and in memory of those who did not return. She would make paper poppies and hand them out. It caught on and has been with us ever since. You see VFW's and others handing them out at super markets and the like.
 
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